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General Chinese (Beginner Level)

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Almost without exception, every holiday, especially ones only celebrated in certain parts of the world, have specific foods associated with them. American Thanksgivings feature roast turkey, Greeks prepare lamb for Christmas, and saffron buns are baked for St. Lucia’s Day in Sweden. Chinese holidays are no exception, with the Dragon Boat Festival’s steamed rice dumplings ...


The term “Mid-Autumn Festival” ( zhōng qiū jié 中秋节 ) was first used in the work “Rites of Zhou”. According to the ancient Chinese calendar, the 15th day of the 8th lunar calendar month marks the middle of autumn, hence the holiday on this day is called the “Mid-Autumn Festival”. Having been celebrated since ...


Answer: (秦 qín)

Analysis:
chūn hé qiū dōu bù rè (dǎ yī zì 打一字)
Neither spring nor autumn are hot (give one character)
春和秋都不热(打一字)
日(rì)和火(huǒ)都跟热(rè)有关,于是去掉,组成一个新字,秦(qín)。
日(rì) and 火(huǒ) are both related to 热 (rè), so they are removed to form a new character, 秦(qín).


1.How many foreigners are there in Guangzhou?
According to the latest data, there are about 86 thousand foreigners living in Guangzhou. Among them, the 5 countries with the largest number of people are Korea, Japan, India, America, Russian, and Africa with nearly 15 thousand people.
Many foreigners come to Guangzhou for work because there are products they ...


If you are interested in Chinese Idioms, you’ve got to learn this one. It’s a phrase you may hear in reality TV shows or even in everyday-conversation between friends. The origin of this particular idiom began in times where emperors still ruled while living extremely lavish lifestyles. Our idiom for today is:
锦衣玉食(Jǐnyīyùshí)

The Chinese ...


Due to its status as the largest economic center and trade port in China, Shanghai has also become an important hub of science and technology, trade, finance, and information. All these things coming together in one place means that Shanghai is often first on the scene not only in technological innovations, but also cutting-edge discoveries ...


While there are a few parts of China known even outside the country for their fiery gustatory preferences (New Yorkers may recognize the names ‘Szechuan Mountain House’ or ‘Hunan Bistro’), what many non-Chinese people don’t realize is that people in most parts of China love spicy food. Before we get into eight (8!) spicy classics, ...


Not all foods are easy to appreciate. Some foods are more of an “后天习得的品味 (hòu tiān xí dé de pǐn wèi) acquired taste”. That means someone has an appreciation for something unlikely to be enjoyed by a person who has not had substantial exposure to it. It is the opposite of innate taste, which is ...


All Chinese idioms have an elaborate origin story with an important moral imbedded within the heart of it and “Lord Ye Loves Dragons” is no exception.
This Chinese idiom story in particular was told by 颛孙师 Zhuān sūn shī, also known as 子张 Zi Zhɑng.  He was a prominent disciple of Confucius, who accompanied Confucius in ...


“We’re going to make a difference in the world. We’re tired of working for nothing. We’ve never had time to think about it just because we’re paid for a living. We want to smell the flowers, we want to bask in the sun, we believe: God only allows an eight hour working day. We gathered ...


It’s a topic covered in textbooks in language classrooms everywhere: “How to great someone from X-country or Y-culture”. Today we’re going to take you through rules and customs of different people, some more tongue-in-cheek in their seriousness and others we hope are informative. Whether or not you really learn something new, we hope you come ...


In major cities across China, employees have returned to offices, students are situated in their school desks, and crowds congregate outside of restaurants during the dinner rush. While wearing a surgical mask, although it’s no longer mandated outside of subways and other congested places, has become a habit in many ways, normal life has resumed ...


Tomb Sweeping Day: The Basics
What do people do on Tomb Sweeping Day?
Qingming Festival (清明节 qīng míng jié), also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, is a traditional Chinese festival. Tomb sweeping and ancestor worship, the two main traditional customs of the holiday, have been passed down in China since ancient times.

On this day, not only ...


Stop Asian Hate
As recent events have unfolded across news outlets and social media platforms, the world has heard of yet another outcry on American soil, pleading “Stop Asian Hate”. This comes shortly after the Black Lives Matter movement rallied globally and is just as significant and timely.
Every year, around 250,000 people in the United States ...


While “葡萄酒 (pú tɑo jiǔ ) grape wine” culture is relatively new in China, it grew to be the 5th largest wine consumer in the world in a short period of time. Why would this matter? Because if you want to close a business deal, it might be done over drinks. So knowing your wines ...


Recently we went over the significance of “本命年 (Ben Ming Nian)” the 12 year curse in Chinese culture and what it means for the zodiac of the particular reigning year. Well let’s dive a little deeper to understand how time was divided by the ancient Chinese and how zodiac relations are formed.
From the unearthed inscriptions ...


“本命年 (Ben Ming Nian) The Twelve-Year Curse”
2021, Is it going to be your best year ever?
Well, if you were born under the ox sign, that may not be the case. You might have initially thought that the Year of the Ox is the best time to achieve your dreams and goals but, sadly, it’s actually ...


Fortunes and Follies for The Ox Zodiac in 2021
The year of the rat didn’t go as intended. It was supposed to be a year for creativity involving change, but we didn’t need nor want that kind of change, right? So in trods the Ox. What can we expect from the steady and methodical Ox Year? ...


People have a special day set aside for nearly everything it seems. For example, October 25th is World Pasta Day. Well, China also has unique special days, like Standards Day that was celebrated a few days ago on October 14. China’s Standards Day marks the anniversary of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
The aim of ...


As the old saying goes: The master teaches the trade, but the apprentice’s skills are self-made (师(shī)傅(fù)领(lǐnɡ)进(jìn)门(mén),修(xiū)行(xínɡ)靠(kào)个(ɡè)人(rén)). In language learning, the mentor’s and the learner’s effort are the two most important things, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make the most of the tools at their disposal. As a Chinese teacher all these years, I have always kept an eye out ...


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